Anemone virginiana – Thimbleweed


An adaptable species that occurs in both woodlands and meadows. The flowers are greenish-white and about 1 1/2” across – not as showy as the crystalline white flowers of its congener, Canada Anemeone (A. canadensis), but, being held up above the foliage on tall stalks, they put on a reasonably good show. A thimble-shaped, long-lasting seed head follows that is interesting and ornamental and gives the plant its common name. Small bees and flower flies visit the flowers occasionally for pollen. Deer usually leave this plant alone because the foliage contains a blistering agent that can irritate their mouth parts and digestive tract.

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Buttercup family, Ranunculaceae

Updated 10 March 2023

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Pot Size

1 quart, 1.25 quart, 5 pint